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Man rescued after climbing Point Defiance bluff to escape incoming tide

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
September 25, 2012 11:16 pm

Tacoma Fire crews rescued a 30-year-old man from a bluff in Point Defiance park tonight that he climbed to escape the incoming tide, Battalion Chief Gary Steinhoff said.

The man had been walking along the beach below the Gig Harbor Viewpoint along 5 Mile Drive.

When the tide started coming in, he hiked up the steep bank, but could not make the last 8 feet, which Steinhoff said are verticle.

The beach-goer was able to contact a friend, who called for help.

Crews were dispatched at 7:23 p.m., and performed a high-angle rope rescue when they arrived to pull the man to safety without injuries.

“We go to a number of these every year,” Steinhoff said. “Pay attention to the tide, know when it’s going to be coming in, and make sure to get off the beach before.”

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